There are a number of environmental grants in existence and it is unclear which special environmental grants are being referred to.
The city of York council received £359,838.71 in 2008-09 and £361,122.65 for 2009-10 as part of a waste infrastructure capital grant. Waste infrastructure capital grants are paid to local authorities in recognition of the need to get front-end waste infrastructure, e.g. recycling and composting facilities, on the ground in time to help England meet landfill targets.
Agri-environment schemes are administered by Natural England on behalf of DEFRA. There have been no Countryside Stewardship Scheme or Higher Level Scheme agreements with the city of York council since 2003.